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RIS Certificate Program

CSUDH Radiology Certificate - ProgramThe Graduate Certificate in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences allows professional interested in obtaining additional skill sets in therapy administration, radiologic sciences education, sonography, radiation therapy, CT, PET/CT, and MRI but who do not desire a graduate degree.

The Graduate Certificate is both a free-standing certificate to meet the current shortage as well as an alternate entry route into the Masters of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (RIS) where certificate holders may then continue on to complete a MS-RIS degree.

The certificate has two options:

  • The certificate will provide an opportunity for practicing technologists to acquire advanced training and graduate academic credentials in the management of radiology, nuclear medicine and/or radiation oncology departments.
  • The certificate will help address the severe shortage of both didactic and clinical instructors currently in the 95 RIS programs in California that are either accredited by a national discipline-specific accreditation agency recognized by the US Department of Education or by the State of California.

There is a national shortage of both qualified educators and departmental administrators in healthcare. Due to projected retirements, that shortage is projected to become significantly worse. Several studies over the last 10 years have found a critical shortage of educators looming. There is a similar shortage in the administration arena. The CSUDH Radiology Certificate is the only one in the state and will help meet those shortages.

Who Will Benefit

Individuals certified or registered in one of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences disciplines of Radiography (RTR), Radiation Therapy (RTT), Nuclear Medicine (RTN or CNMT), Sonography (RDMS), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ARMRIT), Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (RCES, RCIS), PACS administrator (ABII, PARCA), or Dosimetrist (CMD).

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of the Certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Critically read and comprehend scientific literature in RIS as it relates to management or education.
  • Describe in detail the current knowledge and theories about RIS management or RIS education.
  • Express graduate level professional ideas orally.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate graduate-level theoretical, analytical, research and practical skills into professional practice.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

  • Be certified/registered in at least ONE of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. Specifically:
    • Radiography (RTR)
    • Radiation Therapy (RTT)
    • Nuclear Medicine (RTN or CNMT)
    • Sonography (RDMS)
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ARMRIT)
    • Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (RCES, RCIS)
    • Dosimetrist (CMD)
  • Send proof of your certification/registration in one of the Radiologic/Imaging Sciences listed above to Dr. Elwin Tilson.

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Certificate Requirements

Certificate requirement is to successfully the 12 units in the certificate curriculum. This includes one or more practica.

RIS Education Certificate Course Requirements:

RIS Management Certificate Course Requirements:

  Note: Once you have completed all the courses in the certificate, you may apply to receive the certificate

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Course Descriptions

RIS 511 | Informatics in RIS

Introduction to Health Information Technology (HIT), Radiology Information Systems (RIS) and Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS). Includes basic information system technology as well as clinical and administrative applications of healthcare information systems in radiologic and imaging sciences.

Management Track

RIS 520 | Radiologic Management I

Introduction to principles of management with emphasis on its applications in radiologic and imaging department administration.

RIS 521 | Radiologic Management II

Introduction to funding sources, accounting, and financial management as it applies to radiology and imaging administration

RIS 522 | Clinical Practice Accreditation

Application for and maintenance of professional accreditation of clinical operations, i.e., ACR and IAC. Emphasis is on the role of the radiology administrator.

Education Track

RIS 530 | Pedagogy and Andragogy in RIS

Principles and practice of effective teaching, curriculum development and evaluation in healthcare education.

RIS 531 | RIS Program Administration

Orientation to academic program directorship, faculty development, student affairs, academic affairs, the higher education system in the US, and how colleges and universities in the US work. Topics include scholarship, advisement, teaching, as well as faculty recruitment, retention, and development.

RIS 532 | Academic Program Accreditation

An introduction to accreditation of radiologic and imaging sciences academic programs. Topics include outcome assessments, benchmarking, Self-Study preparation, applying for and maintaining accreditation, and accreditation site visits.

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RIS Faculty Profiles

Elwin Tilson, Faculty Dr. Elwin Tilson holds a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia and is a Registered Radiographer specializing in Computed Tomography applications, population effects of CT radiation doses, and technology in education. He has been a university professor for 41 years and served as Program Director, Graduate Coordinator, Chair, and Dean, as well as developed one of the first online degrees in the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (RIS) and one of the first Master’s Degree in RIS. Dr. Tilson is a past president of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) and has published 74 articles, 1 textbook, 1 national board review book, 1 computer program as well as over 75 peer-reviewed professional presentations nationally and internationally. |

Gary Sayed, MS-RIS Faculty Dr. Gary Sayed is a Professor of Radiological and Imaging Science. He previously served as dean of Health, Human Service and Nursing at CSUDH. His past academic experience includes serving as an Associate Professor and (later) Clinical Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Science at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and Professor of Radiology at Alfaisal University College of Medicine. He also served on several academic leadership roles as Chairman of Diagnostic Imaging Department at Thomas Jefferson University, Dean of Health and Science at Drew University and Provost of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He earned his first doctoral degree at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo in radiological sciences and holds a second doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in higher education management. |

RIS Certificate FAQs

What does a certificate do for me professionally?

The certificate is designed for individuals who currently hold a master's degree and wish to upgrade their skills in a particular area such as RIS management, individuals who do not plan on finishing a master's degree but only want to upgrade their skills, and individuals who believe they may want to complete the master's degree but would like to take one or two courses in the program before committing.

What are the admission criteria for the graduate certificate?

Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and be certified/registered in one of the radiologic and imaging sciences. Specifically, Radiography (RTR), Radiation Therapy (RTT), Nuclear Medicine (RTN or CNMT), Sonography (RDMS, RSCS, or RVT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ARMRIT), Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (RCES, RCIS), Medical Dosimetry (CMD), or PACS administrator (ABII, PARCA).

How many semester units/hour credits are required for the certificate?

The graduate certificate requires 12 units/semester hours.

If I do the certificate first, can those credits/units be applied towards the master’s degree?

Yes, all of the units that are part of the certificate can be applied towards the Master of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences degree.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Dr. Elwin Tilson | 912-663-7578 |

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